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  • Principal Investigator 
Zubaer Hossain
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
zubaer@udel.edu, (302) 831 0900 (Office), 229 Spencer Lab
Dr. Hossain joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at the University of Delaware as an Assistant Professor in September 2015. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He then served as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology. During his postdoctoral research, he also worked as a Visiting Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University and as a Visiting Scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Prior to pursuing his doctoral studies, he was a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), where he completed his M.Sc.Engg. and B.Sc.Engg. degrees in Mechanical Engineering. His research interests involve understanding the mechanics and physics of heterogeneous materials with applications in composites, nanoelectronics, photovoltaics, and quantum materials.

  • Graduate Students
Tengyuan Hao
PhD Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
hty@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Hao is joining the group in Summer 2020. His research involves understanding toughness and strength anisotropy in nanostructured materials using a combination of quantum and classical simulations.

Fazle Elahi
PhD student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
fazle@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Fazle joined the PhD program in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware in Fall 2016. His research involves engineering effective structural properties of heterogeneous carbides. He received a 2019 Doctoral Fellowship from the Gradaute College at UD.

Tousif Ahmed
PhD student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
tousif@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Tousif joined the PhD program in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware in Fall 2016. His research involves engineering deflection-penetration criteria by exploiting heterogeneity at multiple scales. He received the 2019 Progress Award from the Center for Composite Materials at UD. He also received a 2020 Dissertation Fellowship from the Gradaute College at UD.

  • Undergraduate Students
           Nana Sarpong
nanasarp@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
UD Fall Researcher, Department of Mechanical EngineeringNana studies mechanics of 3D printed bioceramics. 

Michelle Reckner
UD Summer Fellow, Department of  Mechanical Engineering
mreckner@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Michelle is interested in understanding deformation induced electronic properties in perovskites. Her current research involves understaind defect-defect interaction in diamond cubic solids using atomistic simulations. She has been selected as a recipient of 2020 UD Summer Scholarship for her outstanding academic record and research plans.

Gabe Brown
UD Summer Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering
gabeb@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Gabe's research involves understanding diameter-dependent mechanical peroperties of nanotubes using first-principles calculations. He has been selected as a recipient of 2020 UD Summer Fellowship for his outstanding academic record and research plans.

Michael Sulecki
UD Fall Researcher, Department of Mechanical Engineering
           msulecki@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Michael studies theoretical formulations of solid mechanics. 

Kyle Morris
UD Summer Scholar, Department of Mechanical Engineering
kylemorr@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Kyle's research involves understanding grain boundary structure and its implication on strength and toughness in diamond cubic solids. He has been selected as a recipient of 2020 UD Summer Scholarship for his outstanding academic record and research plans.

Adrian Piel
UD Winter/Summer Scholar, Department of Mechanical Engineering
apiel@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Adrian is designing an experimental setup for studying fracture in heterogeneous materials. He has been selected as a recipient of 2019 UD Summer Scholarship for outstanding academic record and research plans. He received a NASA DE Space Grant Award for the academic year 2020-2021. He also won a 2020 UD Summer Scholarship for his extraordinary research contributions on understanding anistropic deformation mechansims in 3C-SiC.


K-12 Interns 

Justin Xu, Charter School of Wilmington, xu.justin@charterschool.org. He won the regional Science Fair competition (covering Pensylvania, Delware, and New Jersey) in May 2020 with his computational research and findings on the role of chemical heterogeneity in controlling bond rupture events in polymers. Some details of his work can be found in his recent 2020 journal article.

Claire Andreasen, Charter School of Wilmington, andreasen.claire@charterschool.org. Claire is interested in understanding the electronic character of defective atoms in low-dimensional materials using first-principles simulations. 

Collin Bower, Middleton High School, collinb424@gmail.com. Collin is interested in understanding mechanical and electronic properties of hybrid lattice. 



Alumni


[K-12, Summer 2019] Edward Myers, Salesianum High School, edward.myers@salesianum.org. Edward wrote computational codes to create van der Waals heterostructures.
 
[K-12, Summer 2019] Jackson Muller, Avon Grove High School, 13jmuller@gmail.com. Edward wrote computational codes to create van der Waals heterostructures.

[K-12, Summer 2018] Max Bischoff, Charter School of Wilmington, maxwellbischoff@gmail.com. Max studied surface chemistry of quantum dots.

[K-12, Summer 2018] Justin Rheinstadter, Garnet Valley High School, justin.rheinstadter@gmail.com, Justin studied mechanics of nanostructured thermoelectric materials. Currently he is pursuing a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering at Penn State.

[K-12, Summer 2018] Sarah Ho, sarahmho25@gmail.com. Sarah worked at UDzLAB in Summer 2018 as a K-12 Summer Student. She worked on computational modeling of van der Waals heterostructures. She is currently a mechanical engineering student at UPenn. 

[UG-2020] Zach Cantrell, zscan@udel.edu, Zach studied mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes.

[UG-2020] Millie Ayako, 
millieayako16@gmail.comMillie studied electronics states in alloy quantum dots. She was a receipient of the 2019 UD Summer Scholarship for her outstanding academic record and research plans.

[UG, 2020] Shane Brown, shane@udel.edu. Shane worked as a Summer Scholar in 2019. His work involved quantum confinement in low-dimensional atomic structures. He also contributed to understanding the role of defect-defect interaction on effective toughness modulus and strength in defective 2D materials. 

[UG, 2020] Timothy Hoff, thoff@udel.edu. Tim worked as a Summer Fellow. His work involved 
understanding the role of crystal structure in affecting mechanical anisotropy in highly anisotropic 2D materials using first-principles methods. 

[UG, 2020] Benjamin Halleran, bcoldenh@udel.edu, Ben worked as a Summer Fellow. His research involved understanding quantum mechanical basis of toughness anisotropy in low-dimensional materials.

[UG, 2020] Lexi Anderson, lexander@udel.edu, Lexi worked as a summer scholar and UDRAW researcher. Her work involved understanding the molecular basis of osteoporosis. 

[UG, 2019] Allison Procakaprocak@udel.edu, Alison spent one summer as a Undergraduate Summer Fellow at the lab. She explored nanomechanics of failure in van der waals heterostructures. She received the NASA Space Grant Tuition Award in 2019.

           [UG, 2019] Colin McDermitt, colinmcd@udel.edu. Colin worked as a summer fellow. He explored            the role of atomic chains in controlling effective behaviof of 2D heterostructures. 

[UG, 2019] Benjamin Silvermanbsilver@udel.edu. Ben worked at UDzLAB from Winter 2017 to Spring 2019. He studied thermomechanical stability of heterogeneous photovoltaic materials. Ben received the Outstanding Junior Award from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UD in 2018. 
 
[UG, 2019] Sama Tima, sama@udel.edu. Sama worked at UDzLAB in Spring 2019 to study mechanical behavior of solids using atomistic scale simulations. 

[UG, 2018] Christopher Blackwell, cbwell@udel.edu. Chris worked at UDzLAB from Summer 2017 to Fall 2018. He was a Summer Scholar and received the NASA Space Grant Tuition Award in 2018. His research involved understanding deflection at the atomic scale. 

[UG, 2018] Shawn Egan, smegan@udel.edu. Shawn worked at UDzLAB in Summer 2018 as a Summer Scholar. His work involved studying quantum confinement in alloy quantum dots.

[UG, 2017-2018] Tianyi Weng, wengtian@udel.edu. Tianyi worked at UDzLAB as a Summer Scholar in Summer 2018. Her research involved creating atomic structures of alloy quantum dots. Tianyi is currently at the Johns Hopkins University.

[UG, 2017] Christopher Pasquale, chrispas@udel.edu. Chris spent the summer of 2017 at UDzLAB as a UD Undergraduate Summer Researcher. He studied the implication of stress on phonons in solids.

[UG, 2017] Justice Calderon, juscal@udel.eduJustice spent a summer of 2017 at UDzLAB as a UD Undergraduate Summer Researcher. His research involved creating 2D heterostructures.

[MS, 2020] Zhaocheng Zhang, zhangzc@udel.edu. Zhaocheng completed his Master's thesis research on size-dependent mechanical behavior of diamond nanowires. 

[MS, 2020] Ling Ma,
lynnma@udel.edu. Ling conducted graduate research on mechanical behavior of defective SiC nanowires.

[MS, 2019] Jinye Liu, jinye@udel.edu. Jinye completed his Master's thesis on 'computational modeling of quantum confinement in alloy quantum dot-substrate heterostructures' in December 2018. Jinye'sTHESIS.

[MS, 2018] Tengyuan Hao, hty@udel.edu. Tengyuan is now at FuYao Glass. He worked at UDzLAB from Winter-2016 to Fall-2017. In his Master's thesis, he developed a multiscale understanding of effective toughness in carbon nanotube reinforced glass. Hao'sTHESIS. He explained how cracks nucleation and propagate in amorphous silica. Further details on his work on fracture in silica can be found in his PRB paper.  

[MS, 2017] Venkateswaran Santhanam, venkat@udel.eduVenkat is now at Gore. He worked at UDzLAB from Summer-2016 to Summer-2017. In his Master's thesis, he developed an understanding of anisotropic fracture-toughness in graphene. Venkat'sTHESIS.